2005-09-23 08:14:34 UTC
Islamic scholars of Asia protest blaming Muslims
Stop political double standard to check spread of terrorism
Friday September 23 2005 12:16:32 PM BDT
Islamic scholars and thinkers from five South and South East Asian countries
at a seminar in the city yesterday categorically said there is no place of
terrorism or extremism in Islam; rather it is a religion of peace, universal
brotherhood and tolerance.(The New Nation )
Holding the world leadership responsible for blaming Muslims for all
misdeeds, they said double standard at political levels in various regions
of the world should be discarded at any cost to check the spread of
"We have become the target of international politics, as we are not united,"
said an Islamic thinker.
Inaugurating the three-day regional seminar organised by the Centre for
National and Regional Studies (CNRS) in the city's Bangladesh-China
Friendship Conference Centre, former Chief Justice and Head of the Caretaker
Government Justice Latifur Rahman said a Muslim, who professes Islam as a
religion in its pristine glory cannot harbour any sort of extremism.
He said Islamic jurisprudence, way of life, philosophy and culture are great
repository of values, ideas, ideology, which are relevant to present time.
Terming Bangladesh historically known as country of highest possible
communal harmony and religious tolerance, the former Chief Justice urged the
religious scholars and leaders of Muslim majority countries to contain the
growth of potential extremism through disseminating the real teachings of
Leading nuclear scientist and Islamic thinker Professor Dr Shamsher Ali
presented the keynote paper on "Islam: Religion of Peace, Progress and
Harmony; Bangladesh: Model of a Moderate Muslim Nation."
Eminent Islamic scholars and thinkers-Justice Dr Javid Iqbal of Pakistan, MA
Cader of Sri Lanka, Dr Soherin Salehin of Indonesia, Dato' Dr Jamil Osman
and Dr Haslina of Malaysia, Tuan Hj Hashim Kamaruddin of Singapore and CNRS
President Dr Mahbubullah, among others addressed the inaugural session.
Secretary General of CNRS Irteza Nasim Ali gave the welcome address.
About 300 spiritual leaders and representatives from madarsahs, Islamic
organisatins and institutions from the country are participating in the
Referring to the preamble of the Constitution of the country, the former
Chief Justice said that it mentioned believing in Almighty Allah and
everybody can practice own religion, adding, in Bangladesh believers of all
religions live in peace and every citizen is tolerant to believers of all
He said Islam is a religion, which believes in collective decision, give and
take, tolerance, human dignity, neighbourliness, standard of equity and
social concern and love for all.
Justice Latifur Rahman said Islam teaches the value and importance of
charity, mercy, piety, tolerance and peace and recognises human rights.
He emphasised the need for organising high level research institutions with
suitable scholar and literature and adequate funds to focus attention of the
people to the benign principles of material and spiritual life.
"It is high time that the Muslim majority countries in particular organise
high quality of Islamic studies in the present world of science and
technology in order to interpret classic doctrines of Islam in light of the
commands of the Holy Quran and needs of modern life," he said.
The former Chief Justice said highly educated scholars should undertake duty
to preach Islam's positive philosophy for peaceful and non-violent activism
against all evils.
In his keynote paper Dr Shamsher Ali said in all respect Bangladesh can very
rightly pride as being a model of communal peace and harmony.
"No matter how turbulent the world becomes, we have to remain calm and
peaceful and even in the worst possible disaster, we have to remember our
humanity and forget everything else," he said.
The non-communal character of Bangladesh government and people, he said, is
very much reflected in the education sector, in civil service and also in
employment in different NGOs.
"Islam and communal feeling cannot stand together. A Muslim is a communal
but the entire planet population is his community," Professor Ali said.
Dr Javid Iqbal, son of Great Poet Allama Iqbal, said anybody who patronises
terrorism is actually doing a mischief.
Referring to freedom struggle in different countries like Palestine, Bosnia
and Chechnya he called upon the United Nations to make a clear distinction
between the terrorists and freedom fighters.
Prof Mahbubullah emphasised the need for finding out root causes of
In the working session Justice Mohammad Abdur Rauf said extremism could not
bring anything good for Islam.
Mohammad Hanif Tayyab of Pakistan said though the USA and British
governments knew that Islam is a religion of peace and harmony they tried to
stop spreading Islam by creating misunderstanding among Muslims.
Chaired by Dr Mahbubullah, the working session was addressed by Dr Jamil
Osman of Malaysia and Mohammad Mokhlesur Rahman of Bangladesh.
As part of the programme, a river-cruise will be organised by the Bangladesh
Parjatan Corporation from Paglaghat following the second day's working
session to be held at the same venue this morning.